Statute of former YSU President Howard Jones outside of Tod Hall.
Given the increased speed and complexity of business, as well as the dramatically increased expectations for utilization of University resources, the Youngstown State University Research Foundation ("YSURF") exists to facilitate improved partnerships between YSU and the business and research community.
Simplified transactions. The internal operation of any university is often perplexing to external stakeholders. YSURF exists to help simplify the process of determining the cost and availability of university resources. Looking for help conducting research? No problem. YSURF is here to identify equipment, faculty and students.
Greater speed. Conducting research "at the speed of business" is always challenging for universities. YSURF provides a central interface to determine the availability of assets. Over time, we expect that the cumulative centralized experience will enable the faster determination of critical availability and terms
Greater flexibility. There are somethings that universities are challenged to do well. Remaining flexible to an infinite array of needs by the external community is one such challenge. For instance, Ohio universities are are bound by state budgetary requirements. YSURF is here to help bridge the dictates of state university requirements with client needs.
Improved transparency. Lastly, the complexity of university decisions can sometimes make understanding of the decisionmaking process "cloudy." YSURF is here to help provide a clear understanding of what can, and cannot, be done!
Have a need for research or testing? Looking to build a relationship with YSU? Then start by contacting the YSURF!
To facilitate improved research commercialization, partnerships, and academic opportunities between private business entitites and Youngstown State University, its students, and its faculty.
Youngstown State University Research Foundation is an indepedent, 501(c)(3), organization founded to facilitate commercial partnerships between the University and private businesses/entrepreneurs.
YSURF is the primary contact for entering into private research and private development agreements with the University.
YSURF only works with private entities. Ordinarily, YSURF does not do any work regarding relationships with federal, state, local or other public entities. Typically questions from these types of entities should be directed to the YSU Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at 330.941.3091.